Youth PoWR chooses a Hindu youth speaker

A Youth Parliament of World’s Religions is being held next month. Hindu council of Australia is participating as one of the organizers.

Our youth member Vincy has been participating in its cabinet meetings and has sent the following report.

Our meeting was held at this year’s venue, the Soka Gakkai International in Olympic Park, where we had a proper site visit before commencing the meeting. Our caterers, AJs Indian restaurant catered this meeting by bringing samosas and vegetarian biryani, which everybody loved! The highlight of our meeting was Mark’s presence. Being a Youth PoWR rep in the past, he brought a lot of insight, advice and knowledge to the table to make sure this years event is fruitful. We decided on the agenda for the event, including interactive activities among the audience, and planning out how we will have the set up for the day. We also had some marketing completed, such as the group picture and video for the FB event page. “

Vincy will be speaking as the Hindu speaker in this year’s event. This year Youth PoWR will be held at SGI Australia, 3 Parkview Dr, Sydney Olympic Park from 2:00PM to 5:00PM on Sunday, 19th August.  There is free parking available at the place, however you will need to be in early before spaces run out. The venue is also a five minute walk from Sydney Olympic Park Station.

Youth Parliament of World’s religions is an annual conference for the youth and by the youth to raise and discuss issues affecting youth and is an interfaith event. It holds this event in the month of September every year. 

Take a quiz on Hindu Rituals

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1. Which of the following are places of pilgrimage?

 
 
 
 

2. Japa requires you repeat a mantra over and over?

 
 

3. A Hindu Aarati always has song accompanying the waving of a flame or a light?

 
 

4. Kumbhmela held at the confluence of Ganga and Yamuna rivers is attended by a hand full of people? Yes/No

 
 

5. Puja should have either mantra or bhajans sung in the praise of the Lord? Yes/No

 
 

6. A Hindu Aarati must have a lamp or a flame? Yes/No

 
 

7. Darshan of a Hindu God is an act of devotee seeing the Lord as well as Lord seeing the devotee? Yes/No

 
 

8. Those following the path of Gnan (knowledge) do not have to do any Yajna? Yes/No

 
 

9. There are only 4 rites of passage and every Hindu must follow them? Yes/No

 
 

10. Hindus in ancient time used to carry Ganga water with them for drinking when travelling overseas? Yes/No

 
 

11. Puja (worship) can only be performed by a Brahmin priest only? Yes/No

 
 

12. Every Hindu must perform Rituals? Yes/No

 
 

13. Food offered to God in a puja worship is only meant for God and cant be consumed by devotees? Yes/No

 
 

14. Samskara (rites of passage) celebrate major life events? Yes/No

 
 

15. Aarati can be offered to multiple Gods at the same time? Yes/No

 
 

16. A Hindu must do all the rituals inside a temple only? Yes/No

 
 

17. Which of the following are samskars (rites of passage)?

 
 
 
 
 
 

18. Yajna (fire-oblation) can only be performed during a marriage ceremony? Yes/No

 
 

19. Which of the following paths can lead to Moksha (salvation)?

 
 
 
 

20. In a Yajna, oblations are offered into the fire? Yes/No

 
 

21. In most Hindu temples, deity is woken up in the morning and set to sleep in the evening? Yes/No

 
 

22. Each festival has some story and rituals associated with it? Yes/No

 
 

23. A Hindu pilgrimage can only be done by visiting a holy place? Yes/No

 
 

Thailand evolves its own mix of Budhist and Brahmin rituals

The new Brahmins

The relevance of mixing Hinduism with Buddhism and folk beliefs in Thai history

12 Oct 2015 at 03:46 WRITER: MELALIN MAHAVONGTRAKUL 

A man dressed in white blew into a conch as if it were a horn. Joss sticks were burning. Heads bowed but people’s lips were praying. A screenplay on a golden tray was engulfed in a cloud of white smoke…. 

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A new Hindu Education Centre coming up in Sydney

As Hindu population is growing rapidly in Australia (mostly due to migration), existing temples are struggling to cope up with the demand for spiritual guidance of Hindus. To keep up with the demand, a new Hindu Education and Culture Centre is being planned in western Sydney suburb of Riverstone.

Havan signifying the hand over of land by a donor to the trust is being planned on the site on 8th July 2018. 

According to its President, Prof Nihal Singh Agar OAM, the HINDU EDUCATION CENTRE SYDNEY Incorporated has several objectives, the core being:

  • Establish resources and facilities and centres of learning and teaching Hindutvam, including worship, inculcate spiritual practices and cultural behaviours of followers of Hinduism
  • Build and manage library, resource and research centre on Hinduism
  • Provide centralised facility for Hindu community
  • Provide support and promote activities of Hindu organisation.

The Centre’s constitution stipulates that income, property, profits and financial surplus of HINDU EDUCATION CENTRE SYDNEY, whenever derived, must be applied solely towards the promotion of the objects of HINDU EDUCATION CENTRE SYDNEY as set out in this Constitution.  It also stipulates that the Centre shall not carry on business for the purpose of profit or gain to its individual Members and no portion of its income, property, profits and financial surplus may be paid, distributed to or transferred, directly, indirectly, by way of dividend, property, bonus or otherwise by way of profit, to the Members, or the Board of Directors, or their relatives, except as provided by this Constitution.

Can Hindus be accorded minority status in seven states and one Union Territory in India

Report on Hindus in seven states soon: National Commission for Minorities

By Sana Shakil| Express News Service | Published: 26th May 2018 01:55 AM

NEW DELHI: The National Commission for Minorities (NCM), which was assigned the task of examining if Hindus could be accorded minority status in seven states and one Union Territory, is nearly ready with its report on the issue. A subcommittee set up by the NCM, which is examining the issue, has called the petitioner on June 14 to discuss the matter. Sources said that petitioner Ashwini Upadhyay, a politician of the Bharatiya Janata Party, has been called for a “final clarification” on the issue, following which the NCM will soon submit its report to the government. 

The three-member subcommittee was formed in January, based on a plea by Upadhyay in the Supreme Court for granting minority status to Hindus. The court rejected his petition in November and asked him to approach the minorities commission. Headed by NCM Vice Chairman George Kurian, the subcommittee includes NCM members Sulekha Kumbhare and S Manjit Singh Rai.

NCM Chairperson Syed Ghayorul Hasan Rizvi confirmed the development and said Upadhyay had been invited to take part in the subcommittee’s meeting on June 14 so that the “points made by the petitioner can be heard in detail”. Rizvi, however, refused to comment on possible recommendations of NCM in the matter. “The matter is being examined by the subcommittee. We cannot say what will be our final recommendations until the report is absolutely ready,” Rizvi said.

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Source includes wikipedia and wikicommons also.

All minorities unsafe in Afghanistan

Al-Jazeera – 

Sociologists note that the population of Hindu and Sikh minorities in Afghanistan has seen a drastic decline over the past several decades.

“If you go through the evidence and data from the 1970s to date, you will be able to see how drastically their population has fallen,” says Ehsan Shayegan, an Afghan researcher with Porsesh Research and Studies Organization studying the minority religions of Kabul. “In the 70s, there were around 700,000 Hindus and Sikhs, and now they are estimated to be less than 7,000,” Shayegan says.

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Anzac Day ceremony at Hornsby NSW

Members of Hindu Council of Australia attended a pre-dawn memorial service to commemorate Anzac ceremony at Hornsby. The march started from Hornsby RSL club and the actual ceremony took place in front of the Hornsby Railway Station. 

The ceremony was attended by Parveen Gupta on behalf of  MP Julioan Leeser, Phillip Ruddock mayor of Hornsby council, Matt Kean state MP and by many others. Terry James president Hornsby RSL club addressed the ceremony. Sanjeev Bhakri, Bhagwat Chauhan, Rajendra Jalpota and Ashwani Jain attended on behalf of Hindu Council of Australia.